I am writing to announce a benefit auction to assist our fellow ceramic artist, Liz Zlot Summerfield in her time of need. In April of this year Liz was diagnosed with a type of cancer called non-hodgkins Lymphoma. When she got the news of her cancer all studio work for Liz and her husband, glass blower Scott Summerfield, stopped. For almost all artists a halt to work combined with illness and bills is a hardship too large to manage alone. So, like most plans, our ideas for this benefit started out small and have since bloomed in to something that I believe will be a wonderful, fun and supportive event. With all that said, we have several ways that you can participate!
One: You can donate a piece of your artwork to be auctioned off! If you choose this option, we kindly ask that you have it arrive at the Crimson Laurel Gallery by no later than August 8th. However, the earlier we have it, the better. The address is: Crimson Laurel Gallery, 23 Crimson Laurel Way, Bakersville, NC, 28705. Also, please email me at email@example.com and I will put you on the list. I know time is running out for this option and we certainly understand if you can not donate work in this time frame. Please keep reading to learn about other ways you can participate!
Two: you can attend the live auction at Penland or visit the online sale as a buyer! We certainly need buyers too! The live auction is August 16th in the Northlight Building at Penland School of Crafts. Doors will open at 1:00pm at which point there will be light refreshments, Bandana Klezmer will provide fabulous entertainment and visitors will have a chance to take a good look at the work available in the live and silent auctions. The live auction of work will begin at 2:00pm and is expected to last around an hour or so. At the end of the auction visitors can pick up and pay for their pieces knowing that 100% of the proceeds will go to helping Liz, Scott and their young daughter, Roby, get through this really hard time. The online sale will be held on Etsy.com and will begin September 1st. I will post more information about the online auction (including the web address) as we get closer to the date!
Three: You can help us find more buyers by sending out an email of the postcard. You can access an image of the postcard in jpeg or pdf format by visiting the following link: http://rogerspottery.com/lzsbenefit. The links are in red on the right side of the page.
Four: You can make a monetary donation to a PayPal account created for Liz's benefit. Simply follow the link: http://rogerspottery.com/lzsbenefit and hit the yellow "donate" button on the right side of the page. By using this link you can be assured that all donations will go quickly, safely and directly to Liz. If you would like to embed one of these lovely yellow links to Liz's PayPal benefit on your website or blog please email me and I will send you the html code.
Thank you for all of your generosity! I know it means so much to Liz to have such a truly supportive community.